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Richard Ross Dead: TV producer, Dick and Jane Family Orchestra member

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Richard Ross, longtime TV writer-director-producer and guitarist for the popular L.A. band Dick and Jane Family Orchestra, died of natural causes at home in Los Angeles on Nov. 24. He was 70 years old.

Ross and his wife, Jane Cantillon, lead the punk-meets-cabaret-meets-folk band Dick and Jane Family Orchestra, which played extensive gigs in Los Angeles and other cities for many years, often donating their services to charity. Events The orchestra has been the house band for a decade’s worth of Silver Lake’s annual National Night Out event and the Howl-O-Win Doggie Costume Pageant.

The Los Angeles Times described their humor-infused, eclectic sound as a “fast-moving, hit-and-run musical spree unlike anything else in pop music.”

Ross was nominated for an Emmy and DVDX Award as a TV and film producer, director and writer, and worked extensively as director on “Unsolved Mysteries.”

His writing and producing credits include “Diabolical Women,” “Untold Stories of the ER,” “Alien Encounters,” “Crimes of the Century,” “Ancient Aliens,” “Unusual Suspects,” “Doomsday” and “Dinosaurs.” Revolution.”

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell remembered Ross in a speech before the council adjourned for the holidays, saying of the Dick and Jane Orchestra, “Not only their outstanding talent but their passion for music and always a pleasure to volunteer. When the people performed, the audience was guaranteed a delightful experience that was very funny, moving and just great fun, often joined by special guest artists.”

He is survived by his wife Jane and his stepdaughter Genevieve.

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